I’ve Been Making Things

I’ve been quiet here on the blog lately because I’m in the process of making my next diorama. I thought I would give an update and preview of what’s cooking.

In addition to the dio itself, I’ve been busy as a beaver making stuff for the new dio. I’ve been posting “work in progress” (WIP) pictures over at my newly opened Flickr site and so I thought I would cross link those here at the blog.

First, here is a sneak peak of my design idea for the new diorama:


This is a rendering of the setup, not an actual photo.

Meanwhile, I’ve been on a binge making 1/6 scale mid century clocks and lamps because, well, it is so much rarer to find these items for sale compared to custom made OOAK furniture, for example.

First up, I made this lamp. It is 3D printed. Then I “skin” it to give it texture in real life. Madame H poses with the lamp in her light blue Spring outfit!


But I didn’t like it. So I redid it. Here’s Dodie with the reskinned lamp (Dodie’s been hitting the Martini’s hard, so don’t mind her stumbling around a bit! LOL!):



And a close up:


I like version 2 much better!


Next I saw this ad for sale on Ebay and fell in love with the clock at the bottom of the page.

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So I made one for myself! In fact, I liked it so much, I made two! The back one is a real brass frame. The front one the frame is painted with metallic gold paint. The faces on both are real brass.



And because EVERYONE wants a Mondrian clock, I made one of those too. That’s a real watch face in the photo. But it isn’t what a real Mondrian looks like, so I am still working on this one and hopefully will be able to get the real look of this clock.



I’m also working on a Verichron clock, seen here next to the Mondrian. As you’ll see below, I am going to try using decals for both clock faces.


I’m also working on a room divider/lamp.I found this photo at random on the internet and loved the style so decided to try to recreate it.


Here are some WIPs. This is the cut and stained balsa wood.



I took the liberty of making lamp shades different from the source image. Here are a couple close ups of my lamp shades, which several adroit Flickr users recognized as the famous “pineapple” theme found in mid century designs:





Here is a mock up of the mostly-assembled piece. I still have to glue the wavy boards and lights in place and am pondering the best way to to it right now. That’s real brass by the way. Good old K&S Brass!

Also, I was smitten by a couple items I saw on ebay. First was another lamp. Here’s an image from the Ebay listing:


This was so off-the-wall I just had to try to make it. After a couple false starts, I think it came out pretty well.

The other item was an old Zenith record player:

This too had a totally off-the-wall appearance and I had to try to recreate it. You can see it in the above photo, and here is a close up. This was skinned in real faux leather! LOL!

I’ve been learning about inkjet printed decals so that the finished record player can have all the logos on it, as seen in the following photo, along with the Mondrian and Verichron clock faces.


Here’s a final photo for now, what I like to call “The Garage Sale From Heaven”!

Thanks for looking and I’ll be back soon with new exciting stuff from Mid Century Phicen!

7 thoughts on “I’ve Been Making Things

  1. Your site is giving me multiple flashbacks to happy days spent in my parent’s mid-century “play-room” basement! It was my favorite room in the house because of the cool furniture and real wood paneling. Thanks for the memories! Your work is absolutely stunning


    1. Thank you so much for the super nice comments! And thank you for stopping by. I’m glad my art work is giving you happy flashbacks! It does for me too! 🙂 Spread the cheer around, please! Thanks again and please feel free to comment often! Best, Don.


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